• 100 Stories for 100 Years

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you tell the story of one hundred years of Reno Rodeo? One interview, one photo, one story at a time. At the end of 2016, I stood red faced, sweaty, and nervous as hell in front of a room of cowboy hats and starched shirts. In a quaking voice, I pitched to them my method to tell “100 Stories for 100 Years of Reno Rodeo.” My concept for Reno Rodeo 100 was a really a replicate of my existing and ongoing project The Folk & The Lore: use a mix of photography, video, audio, and live storytelling,…

  • One Tool for All The Stories

    Best Practices for capturing your family’s story on your smartphone. I am a professional photographer, and yet, my daughter Ruby’s existence has been documented almost exclusively on my smartphone. While I am ever so grateful for modern dslr lenses and great big digital sensors, it isn’t lost on me that the value of an image is not presupposed by the value of the camera it was taken with. Beautiful stories can be told with a crayon, let alone a pinhole camera, or a $10,000 dslr setup. I have learned in my 20 years of shooting, that the best camera is the one with you. Smartphones are ubiquitous and have some…

  • The Modern Heirloom Method

    I. Love. People. I think it is important to start my blog with this admission. I LOVE people. I love their quirks, their eccentricities, their habits and rituals; but, most of all, I love their stories. It really drives everything I do. Ten years ago, I set out to make the human narrative the heart of my business. I began to incorporate short films into my family photography sessions. I encouraged my expecting clients to consider having me document the birth of their child (and to my shock, the answer was often “yes”). Ragamuffin Reels were created to document a moment in time during what I call the “little years,”…